2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition: 11-14 years old

shakepeare essay competition


  • the contest is open to ALL youngsters aged 11-14
  • to enter the contest, you have to leave an interesting and original comment to any of the posts from Shakespeare School blog
  • optional: if you have a Facebook account, you may become one of our fans on Shakespeare’ School Facebook fan page

When you fulfil these requirements, you are officially registered as participant in this competition and you can start writing your essay!

Essay topic:

Have you got loads of talent when it comes to writing? Have you got a vivid imagination? Then use all your writing skills to create the perfect essay about the perfect world to live in. What would it take to make the ideal world? What would you do if you had the chance to live for one day in this dream land? If there was only one thing you could bring back to our world, what would that be?

Give your essay a catchy title, describe your fantasy and make sure to include the following pictures/ideas in your essay:



Write an essay of maximum 350 words to tell us about your fantasy world, using the images above and we promise you a fantastic summer if you win our competition!

The creativity of your ideas expressed is more important than perfect English grammar.


1st Prize

–          a 2 week summer school (10-24 July 2011) in England at St.Michael’s College, Tenbury Wells, worth 1260 GBP- “English in the Heart of England”*

–          a surprise gift from Carturesti

–          books & Cambridge University Press backpack offered by Fischer International

–          discount card from Puma

St. Michael's College

The English summer school at St. Michael’s College includes:

  • English classes –  19  lessons per week, in groups of maximum 15 students
  • 14 nights accommodation and all meals in the residence of St Michael’s College
  • Daily sports and social programme.
  • 4 full day excursions (Manchester, Bath, London, Cardiff)
  • 2 ½ day excursion (Worcester, Hereford)
  • Use of textbooks and educational materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Morning medical clinic on campus each weekday.

The prize does not include*:
o flight ticket Bucharest-London-Bucharest

* The transport cost must be paid by the winner, who must have sufficient funds to cover this expense. Otherwise, the prize will be offered to the next competitor.

2nd Prize

–          a 2 week summer school (13-27 August 2011) in England at Harrow House International College, Swanage- “English by the sea”*

–          a surprise gift from Carturesti

–          books & Cambridge University Press backpack offered by Fischer International

–          discount card from Puma


*The “Junior English & Sports” programme at Harrow House International College includes:

  • English classes –  15  hours per week, in groups of maximum 15 students
  • Sports lessons- 15 hours per week
  • 14 nights accommodation and all meals in the residence of Harrow House International College
  • Daily sports and social programme
  • 1 full day Saturday excursion
  • 1 half day Sunday excursion to Bournmeouth
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Student insurance for duration of stay at Harrow House

The prize does not include: flight & transfer costs.

3rd Prize

–          Cambridge exam fee (KET, PET, FCE or CAE), offered by British Council

–          a free 20 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School

–          books offered by Fischer International

–          discount card from Puma

5 Honourable Mentions consisting of:

–          Oxford/Cambridge dictionaries + CD ROM or British Chcurches album, offered by Fischer International

–          a 50% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School

–          a voucher for buying sports articles from Puma Cotroceni

–          a surprise gift from Carturesti

+ 12 Special Prizes consisting of:

–          1 book offered by Fischer International

–          a surprise gift from Carturesti

–          a 25% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School

Important notes:

  • participation is FREE OF CHARGE
  • all submitted essays will receive a Certificate of Participation to our essay competition
  • winning essays and other essays of merit will receive an Essay Award Certificate
  • all winning essays will be posted on Shakespeare School blog
  • English teachers that will have minimum 10 students enrolled to 2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition will receive a “Certificate of Merit” from Shakespeare School


  • all essays must be written in English
  • all essays must be original and unpublished
  • word count: 200-350 words

Judging criteria & Evaluation stages

  • Essays will be judged on: task achievement, language accuracy, register & vocabulary, organization & cohesion, originality
  • 1st stage: essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising Shakespeare School English teachers, that will announce the best 20 essays on May 20, 2011
  • 2nd stage: the 20 finalists will be invited for a short interview, which will take place on Saturday, 28th of May, at Shakespeare School in Bucharest
  • the final results will be announced on June 10, at the award ceremony which will be held at Shakespeare School, 11 Dimirie Racovita Street, sector 2, Bucharest


All essays must be submitted by March 23, 2011 (the deadline is extended)

How to submit your essay:
– Complete the online application form on our website at “Inscriere Concurs”
– An e-mail will be sent confirming the receipt of your submission


Under the aegis of:  Logo An European

Sponsors: Mirunette International Education, Studio Cambridge, Harrow House College, St. Michael’s College, Cohn and Jansen JWT, Puma Romania, Simaco Advertising

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Main Partners: British Council, Fischer International, Carturesti

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Media partners: TVR, Kiss FM, 24 FUN, Teen Press, Fundatia Dinu Patriciu, Asociatia Young Initiative,,,, Romania Pozitiva, Presa in blugi,, Mediafax

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